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So far, the 2011s show plenty of promise and some pretty terrific wines and values. At the top of the list, not surprisingly, is Saint Clair. Saint Clair winemaker Matt Thomson is passionate about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and he's exploring the region in depth with the Pioneer Block series, which focuses on select parcels and vineyard sites. I like those wines very much but the reserve bottling is truly the standout - aromatic and elegant, and wonderfully delicious.
MaryAnn Worobiec Wine Spectator

Awards & Accolades

Pioneer Block 8 Friar's Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Awards

  • Silver: Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2007 - AUSTRALIA
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2007
  • Silver: Royal Easter Wine Show Awards 2008 - NZ
  • Bronze: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2007
  • Bronze: Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Competition, 2007
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2007
  • Bronze: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2007